Book Report: Civil War 100

Civil War 100 : A Ranking of the Most Influential People in the War Between the States
This book is a detailed list of many of the important people in the civil war. I have
listed, and summarized, who I feel are the most important people.
Ulysses Simpson Grant served with Zachary Taylor's army at Monterey during the
Mexican war. Right when the war began Grant obtained a position on the staff of General
George McClellan. During the war he showed courage in both physically and morally
manners. In February 1862 Grant captured Fort Henry and Fort Donelson with help from
the Federal navy. In October he was appointed commander of the Department of
Tennessee, and told to take Vicksburg, Mississippi. Earl Van Dorn captured Grant's base
at Holly Springs and he had to retreat. In 1864 Grant was promoted to lieutenant general
and named general in chief of all federal armies. In April 1865 Grant forced Lee to
surrender after an 88 mile pursuit. Grant was elected president in 1868 and served two
During the Mexican war Lee was an engineering officer with Winfield Scott's
force. Jefferson Davis appointed Lee a general in the southern army in 1861. He was not
successful in preventing an invasion of western Virginia, so he was sent to the Atlantic
Coastal defense. In 1862 when Joseph E. Johnston was wounded, Lee became commander
of the confederate army in Virginia. In Richmond Lee drove the unionist away from the
capital in the Seven Days' Battles. In August he defeated the Northern army in the second
Battle of Bull Run. In May 1863 Lee won his greatest victory but also suffered his worst
loss in life. The Unionist were driven back with heavy casualties. The following year Lee
led his army against a series of bloody attacks against the Northern Army commanded by
Ulysses S. Grant. Robert Lee was one of the best commanders du...

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